The Waterman’s Ideal Pink Nib is reputed to be one of the better vintage flexible nibs. Though the Waterman’s 54 is a lever-filler which makes cleaning a real chore, it should still get some exercise on occasion. The only ink it has seen on my watch is Waterman Blue Black, but now it’s time to try something different. Waterman South Sea Blue could be lovely for some flex work since it won’t stain and rinses fairly easily. Any suggestions for another ink that would be respectful of a pen that is almost a hundred years old?
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If we can only wield one fountain pen at a time, why do we ink so many? Variety in pen style and nib shape might justify a few, but not the huge number some of us wind up with despite the best of intentions. Is ink the true seductress?
These days, my activities rarely require more than one or two pens for daily writing and seldom more than three for an extended session. Once my choice has been made and the words flow, it’s full steam ahead with whatever is in hand. That hardly explains the number typically inked in the tray on my desk.
Often my fascination with color overrides my common sense and a quick dozen pens get filled before I put on the brakes. Add that to my core rotation and presto there are twenty at the ready. That is far and away too many, but it is incredibly satisfying.
But if I ink only one or two, would the other pens get sad or feel neglected or even jealous? The cacophony coming from the pen drawer would be downright distracting and might drive poor Macy crazy with her canine ear for the tiniest sound. A fly two rooms away makes her head flip around with astonishing speed. She already chatters more than any dog ought to and the jabbering of the pen crew would no doubt set her off all too easily. Now if she would just bark, growl and mutter in vermillion, aubergine and cornflower blue, I would be delighted to encourage her antics. In neutral tones, not so much.
How do you cope with the need to ink and the excess on your desk? Do your pens shout for attention or do you have a complacent crew?
While putting together my November pen rotation, two old mates decided to hook up and what a pair they make. The Pelikan M400 might be a tad small, but the nib makes up for that minor inconvenience. Waterman Florida Blue not only matches the barrel, but flows perfectly. The duo even improves my handwriting. What more can you ask of pen and ink?
Have you become leery of taking risks? With all of the opinions to be read online, there seems to be limited willingness to make less than perfect purchases. Adventure has been diminished giving way to a need for protection against disappointments and mistakes. Where’s the fun in that?
Certainly, no one wants to waste money on bad products like pens that don’t write or ink that doesn’t flow. However, using reviews and online debate to make “safe” choices eliminates the surprise of discovering something that is a perfect fit for you if not for others.
Thanks to some very generous suppliers and friends, my ink collection grew significantly this past year. Even so, I purchased a few bottles including colors about which I knew nothing. With the exceptions of Stipula Calamo Saffron, and Diamine Meadow and Marine, none of my choices were exceptional. Not disappointing, but they just weren’t exciting. Of the eight pens I’ve purchased in the past year or so, only half will get regular use. However, in future one of them might get combined with just the right ink and paper and make it to my list of favorites. Ever the optimist, eh?
On the reverse, too often an ink or pen that got raves elsewhere did not earn accolades from me. In no way does that disparage the product or reviewer. It is simply that my experience, expectations and needs were different.
So here’s the deal. Be intrepid. Take some chances. If you want someone to pave the road ahead, new acquisitions can be rather bland. However, if you can become less risk averse and take a few chances with purchases, you might discover something special. True of inks and pens, but life as well. I love pen folk and would be delighted to learn about your great finds even more than my own.